Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead

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Watch and find out why locals have nicknamed this span across the River Tyne the "Blinking Eye Bridge." In contrast to a drawbridge that lifts or bends in the middle, this pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge swings on a horizontal axis to allow boats to pass under it. Watch as the arch lowers toward the water and the curved bridge lifts toward the sky, leaving two low-angled arches above the river. To see it tilt, check the schedule posted at each end of the bridge. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gateshead Millennium Bridge by using our Gateshead online journey maker .
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  • Better known as The winking eye due to the way it tips when opened this is a lovely pedestrian and cyclist only bridge joining Gateshead with the Newcastle Quay side, very popular and well used.  more »
  • Such a gorgeous bridge that looks over the river Tyne and a stone throw away from the city which was so handy. We stayed at a hotel close by and had a gorgeous view of it from our room. I'd never been...  more »
  • Lovely bridge, fun to watch it open and close. Kids were sure that Spider-Man could cross the bridge when it's open :)  more »
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  • It's kind of understandable why this attracts the notoriety that it does. It's not just a bridge, it's art. It's functional, it's beautiful and it's necessary. Having crossed it many times, I found myself sat on it the other day just hanging out. In many ways, it's just a bridge; but in so many ways, it's much more.
  • Best millennium bridge in UK..... No wobbles there!!. A testament to the engineering skills within the region. Accurate to 3mm apparently across the span. I only wish people would be a bit more considerate and not just stop in the middle of the walkways.... Have the common courtesy of standing to one side!
  • Gateshead/Newcastle quayside a fantastic place to visit, with the Baltic and Sage nearby. Cleverly constructed bridge giving pedestrian access between Newcastle and Gateshead which opens to shipping and is lit on an evening. Part of major quayside redevelopment which attracts many visitors. Excellent eating and drinking places nearby.
  • Absolutely stunning views, especially at night when the lights are on! Broke my heart to see Samaritans posters along the way, but also great to know they're there for people should they be in such a potion. I highly recommend walking this bridge just for the view, it really is beautiful.
  • The bridge gets you from Gateshead to Newcastle and back again; what more can you really ask for? It looks cool when it tilts, too. The only issue is that it has made the river less accessible to large tall ships, which is a shame.

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